U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions returns to continue testifying before a House Judiciary Committee hearing on oversight of the Justice Department on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., November 14, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
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In asking senior federal prosecutors to examine a number of Republican grievances, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is trying to strike a balance.At the same time, Sessions is taking a step toward defending the Justice Department's credibility by leaving the actual work to senior officials whose findings, while unlikely to please everyone, would have more credibility.The Justice Department is not supposed to be influenced by the White House in deciding which cases to prosecute and which to discard after a review.Neither the letter, signed by Stephen E. Boyd, an assistant attorney general, nor Sessions named the senior prosecutors who will be involved in the review sought by Republicans.While the term "senior prosecutor" could also refer to a politically appointed U.S. attorney, Sessions would face immediate backlash for putting the probe in the hands of a Trump appointee.Sessions said several times that any such review involving Clinton would be done without regard to political considerations.
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